How Many Teams Are in the NBA? Basketball Expansion Over the Years

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Are you wondering how many teams are in the NBA? Let's get right in to it!

On November 1st 1946, the Toronto Huskies and New York Knickerbockers faced off in Maple Leaf Gardens in what is now referred to as the first game in NBA history. At the time there were 11 total teams, but over the course of the next five decades that league ballooned to thirty!

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From 1948 to 2002 the NBA relentlessly built out their franchises through a number of meticulous mergers, relocations, and expansions. Here is a brief history of how we got to thirty NBA teams today.

BAA-NBL Merger

Merger with the American Basketball Association (ABA)

Continued Expansion

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